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Tonight is going to be a good one: start off your evening at the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival; soak up the atmosphere at the first night of a weekly outdoor film and music festival; check out the final show of a trio of Second City cast members, and witness one of the most talked-about fundraising events in Toronto. Amongst all that, Luminato events offer up even more fun.
FESTIVAL: The Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival kicks off tonight and runs until June 18. It’s the perfect place to learn about the wine and spirits industries, and to get a little buzzed in the process. The price of admission even includes five drink and food vouchers. Polson Pier Waterfront Park (20 Polson Street), 6 p.m., $25 advance, $30 at the door.
FESTIVAL: The Open Roof Festival is Toronto’s only weekly film and music festival showcasing eclectic films and indie bands, while the audience enjoys the warmth of Toronto summer nights. The festival kicks off with Dallas rockers Little Black Dress, followed by a screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, about an L.A. vintage shop owner and aspiring filmmaker who tries to befriend graffiti artist Banksy, who appears in and directed the film. The festival runs every Thursday night until September 1. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street), doors 7:30 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: Tonight’s performance of This Party’s a Riot! is the final appearance of long-standing regulars Adam Cawley, Dale Boyer, and Rob Baker as part of the Second City‘s rotating cast. The trio has had much success in past shows such as Shut Up and Show Us Your Tweets, Second City For Mayor, and Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes…, the latter of which has been nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy award. After the main show, as part of a time-honoured Second City tradition, they will re-enact some of their favourite scenes. While the show is called This Party is a Riot! promoters note that “unlike an actual riot or, say, Spiderman—after an evening at the Second City, everyone goes home safe and smiling.” The Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $24, followed by the Best of Adam, Dale & Rob at the same location, 9:45 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: The Power Ball: Thirteenth Floor is a fundraiser unlike any other, where the atmosphere is a cross between the feel of an art exhibition and that of a high-end cocktail party. What else can you expect when it’s held by one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the country? Every room on the 13th floor of the venue will be transformed into work of art that transcend time and space, with special installations and even a haunted mess hall. The evening’s entertainment is presented by the Drake Hotel, and celebrity chef Marc Thuet will whip up some cuisine. Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), VIP lounge 7:30 p.m, general admission 8:30 p.m., $165.
LUMINATO: The annual multi-disciplinary festival that “brings Toronto’s light to the world, and the world’s light to Toronto” runs from June 10–19 this year. Check out our preview of Luminato 2011, which includes Torontoist‘s top picks from this year’s festival.